Redrawing Foucault’S Social Ontology
University of Reading - Department of Management
September 1, 2007
Organization, Vol. 14, No. 4, pp. 543-563, 2007
I propose that Foucault‟s works, since he wrote Discipline and Punish, rely on an implicit meta-theory that is compatible with the fundamentals of Critical Realism. To this end I examine the status of truth, methodology and social ontology used by Foucault. If this thesis is correct, then a critical realist reading of Michel Foucault would avoid some of the pitfalls that have been attributed to his works - such as constructivism, determinism, localism, and reductionism. Moreover, this understanding of Foucault‟s works would also offer novel and challenging perspectives for researchers adopting a Foucauldian and/or critical realist study of organizations.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 30
Keywords: Bhaskar, critical realism, epistemology, Foucault; knowledge, methodology, ontology, post-structuralism, power, social realityAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 13, 2011
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